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One of the less famous beaches in Maharashtra, the Harihareshwar beach is located in the Raigad district. Surrounded by four hills named Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri, Harihareshwar is often referred to as Dev-Ghar or "house of God". It is usually called as Southern Kashi because of its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. A famous beach town, situated 200 km from Mumbai, Harihareshwar is a treat for people looking for spiritual relief or a beach holiday. The place has a lot of accommodation options according to every budget and liking.
Harihareshwar has two beaches on either side of Harihareshwar temple, the main attraction of Harihareshwar apart from the beautiful beach. Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has also established a beach resort on the southern-most of the two beaches. One of these beaches comprises of a straight stretch that is about 2.4 km long and lies in front of the temple, while the second beach lies in front of the MTDC Resort and is L-shaped with a stretch of about 2 km. Harihareshwar along with the two beaches named as, Shrivardhan and Diveagar Beach, form a widely popular weekend getaway, especially from Pune and Mumbai. Harihareshwar is a renowned tourist spot in Konkan and is mainly known for its temple and beaches. It is an evergreen place, i.e. it can be visited at any time throughout the year due to favourable weather conditions. It is nestled in the lap of the beautiful range of Sahyadri's hills.
Apart from the well set-up beach, temple and the MTDC Resort, one can find various accommodation facilities here. Harihareshwar witnesses an annual celebration of the Kal Bhairav Jayanti Utsav, which is a famous festival, celebrated on the birth of the deity Kal Bhairav. This tradition was initiated by Mr Yashawant Balawant Nagle, who was the Sardar of Queen of Janjira administrating the Harihareshwar Village. He also funded the Temple Management by donating a significant chunk of his properties.
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